Veils are the iconic bridal accessory, but with so many options to choose from, how do you know which one’s right for you and right with your wedding dress? Here are some ways to help you decide on which wedding veil is for you!
Find the Right Length
To find the perfect match for your wedding style, start by considering length. Test out a variety of options when you go for your first dress fitting to see what length works best with your gown. Shorter veils, like bandeaus, birdcages and blushers, tend to lend a bit more personality as well as an informal or retro edge to your look, while longer veils (ballet, chapel and cathedral styles) lean more in the way of tradition and formality (but are also the most universally flattering).
Select a Complementary Color
When it comes to your wedding, you should aim to match the color of the veil to your wedding gown. And since photos may not accurately portray the correct color, be sure to bring a swatch of fabric from your dress when you go veil shopping. The one exception to this rule? Antique veils. As long as the colors are close enough don’t worry if they’re not a 100 percent match—the appeal of an heirloom style is in its uniqueness, so it won’t matter if it’s slightly off in color.
As a general rule, if your wedding dress is heavily embellished, your veil should be clean and simple, with minimal (if any) extras. And vice versa: A simple, streamlined gown allows you to be a bit more adventurous. A glam sequined veil, for instance, would feel out of place next to a romantic gown embroidered with tiny pearls.
Find the Perfect Fabric
You can’t go wrong with tulle -- it’s the classic choice for veils -- but depending on the look you’re after, there are also a variety of other materials to consider, such as lace, silk and satin. In most cases, tulle is the most budget-friendly option, and it offers a few benefits over pricier fabrics.
How Your Hairstyle Plays a Role in What You Pick
Before you decide on a veil, consider how you plan on wearing your hair on your wedding day—the style you choose may affect your final veil decision. For example, halo veils, bridal caps and mantilla veils work best when hair is worn down or in low updos, while blushers and birdcages are much more versatile and can be worn with most hairstyles. Once you’ve purchased your veil, don’t forget to take it (along with any other hair accessories you plan to wear) to your trial appointments, so you and your stylist can find the perfect ’do (and there won’t be any last-minute surprises!)
Allow for Accessories
It’s not just your hairstyle that can affect the type of veil you choose but hair accessories too. Classic styles, like elbow, cathedral, chapel or fingertip length, look best with a royal topper or a beaded or crystal headband. You can use your accessories to hold your veil in place or keep the two separate and attach the veil to your hairstyle with a clear comb, which won’t be visible.
Go for Easy On, Easy Off
If you plan to remove your veil after the ceremony but want to leave your headpiece on for the reception, attach your veil with fabric hook and loop closures for easy on and off.
Consider "Something Borrowed"
Want to wear your mom’s veil but afraid it’s dated? Give it a face-lift. Take it to a trusted tailor and see if they can rework the trim, embellishments and/or length so it’s more to your taste. Or, if the veil has seen better days but you love its vintage style, look into having it restored to bring it back to its former glory, or use pieces of it to create something new, yet vintage-inspired.
The wedding veil, like your wedding dress, will likely only be worn once before its preserved and boxed up. When choosing the length, type, fabric, embellishments, etc. for your veil, keep that in mind. You want to wear something that represents you and your entire look. It is a beautiful addition overall to your wedding style. Work with your bridal salon on choosing the perfect veil for you to wear on your wedding day!
Portions of this post were sourced from The Knot.